Dunkeld man approach final stretch of 5000-mile Canada trek for charity

A kilted Dunkeld man is reaching the final stretch of his 5000-mile coast-to-coast trek across Canada for a forest rewilding charity.

And Michael Yellowlees’ (32) Alaskan husky Luna will be there every step of the way.

His beloved pooch had been resting up at a dog respite facility in Thunder Bay after encountering difficulties walking on one of her paws.

But now the pair plan to cross the finish line together.

The former Breadalbane Academy pupil started his incredible journey with Luna, a kilt, his guitar and a few other belongings in a handcart in British Columbia on the Pacific coast in March.

Along the way they have experienced adventures aplenty, encountering black bears and listened to the howling of wolves.

There was a big scare in July when Luna went missing in the Canadian wilderness, but was thankfully found safe and well seven days later.

The pair were joined in their journey by Michael’s younger brother Jamie in mid-September, who stayed on for three weeks to support them until parting ways in Trois-Rivieres on Thursday.

The duo are currently en route to Quebec City having stopped off in Montreal last week and have another 1500 miles left on their adventure.

Michael and Luna have had many adventures on their journey

Michael expects them to arrive at their final destination on the Atlantic coast – the headland of Cape Spear in Newfoundland – in early November.

Talking about his cause and seeing the finish line he said: “We’re trying to bring a bit of life back to Scotland and revive the ecology there.

“What Trees for Life is trying to do is restore the Caledonian pine forest that at one stage used to stretch from coast to coast in Scotland.

“It’s part of my reason for being in Canada as well, is to experience the wilderness that you have here.

“I’m also trying to remind Canadians that what you have here is actually so precious and to look after it because it’s such a beautiful thing.”

Three pairs of boots, countless numbers of socks and a kilt that’s falling apart is the toll Michael has had to endure, walking up to 30 miles a day.

Over the course of their monumental trek the duo have so far raised £23,714 for charity Trees for Life, which protects the Scottish Highlands.

Musician Michael is on course to surpass legendary Scots naturalist John Muir’s 1000-mile journey on foot across North America from Kentucky to the Gulf Coast in 1867.

Speaking about when his adventure ends, he added: “I am missing friends and family in a big way.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting back and seeing everyone and being able to tell some of the stories from this trip.”

Speaking about his achievement, family friend back in Perthshire Bob Davidson said: “It’s epic what he’s doing. I’ve known Michael since he was 10 years old.

“He’s just an amazing guy, always has been and always will be. Hats off to him.”

Chief executive of Trees for Life Steve Micklewright said: “We have been following Michael’s journey across Canada with awe and admiration.

“Michael’s extraordinary trek is proof of the power of the individual to make a difference.”

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